Cut down your own Christmas tree at UBC farm

You, too, can have an authentic cutting down a Christmas tree experience without leaving the city.

The University of B.C.’s Forestry Undergraduate Society is once again opening its Christmas Tree Farm to the public next weekend.

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Established in 2006, the Christmas Tree Farm has both live-potted as well as field-planted trees. Every year the farm is opened to the public and residents can buy a potted Christmas tree, or venture out into the field to cut down their own. Pre-cut trees can also be purchased but must be ordered ahead of time.

“We pride ourselves in growing high quality, no spray Christmas trees using environmentally safe and responsible techniques and methods,” the society says on its website. “All trees are hand-pruned for shape and appeal. Our trees breathe fresh air and live a happy life.”

Live-potted trees can be returned to the farm after Christmas and will continue to grow for future Christmases.

Revenue generated from the sale supports the society and a portion of proceeds from every sale is donated to the UBC farm and to Forests Without Borders, a charity of the Canadian Institute of Forestry that helps communities in developing countries re-establish forests and restore degraded environments.

UBC’s Christmas tree sale runs Friday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., or until the trees sell out.

The UBC Farm is located at 3461 Ross Dr.

For more information visit http://xmastrees.forestry.ubc.ca.

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